“Beauty—Behold with New Eyes”

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How intriguing to have our new All Souls congregant and artist, Trish Murtha, bring us her perspective to create a service on our theme of “Beauty”—which is what, exactly? Trish shares with insight and humor how “the eyes” have it, or not, depending on the depth and clarity of our vision and experience.  Seek beauty and ye shall find it, oft in the most unlikely places and when we are not seeking it at all.

 Sunday, May 15, 2022
Order of Service

“Beauty—Behold with New Eyes”

   “Today, look for a small miracle, a small thing of beauty that will connect you to all miracles, to all beauty and miracles.”
“The Afterlife of Billy Fingers” by Annie Kagan

ASC Board Greeting & Announcements                              Ron Niswander

Prelude for Lute, BWV 998  J. S. Bach
  Eva Greene, piano

Hymn #123: “Spirit of Life”        Carolyn McDade

Chalice Lighting: Selected lines from John O’Donohue and Helen Keller                                                             Read by Maisie Crowther
“The graced eye can glimpse beauty anywhere…It does not wait for perfection but is present already secretly in everything. When we beautify our gaze, the grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and our sanctuary.”

We are reminded that those whose eyesight is limited see differently and deeply, as noted by Helen Keller who said,”The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

Lighting Our Children’s Chalice
We light this chalice to celebrate Unitarian Universalism.  We are the church of the open minds. We are the church of the helping hands. We are the church of the loving hearts.

Reading: Selections from Kahlil Gibran “On Beauty”                                                             Read by Maisie Crowther
“And a poet said, Speak to us of Beauty.  And he answered:
It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,
But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted…
an image you see though you close your eyes and
a song you hear though you shut your ears…
Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.”

Anthem: “For the Beauty of the Earth
words by Folliott S. Pierpoint, music by Geoffrey T. Shaw

  All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, director              

Moments of Beauty:  Scrolls from the  congregation                                                                      Shared by Trish Murtha

Story for All Ages: “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers
 Read by Beth McKinney

Hymn STLT #44:   “We Sing of Golden Mornings”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, m
usic: Southern Harmony (1835)

Reflection: “Having New Eyes”                                 Trish Murtha

Inviting the Offering shared with Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Emergency Fund for Ukraine                                     Karen Tyler

Offertory:  Berceuse   Leo Brouwer
        Eva Greene, piano

Honoring Joys and Sorrows               Karen Tyler with Trish Murtha

Closing Hymn  STJ #1053:   ” How Could Anyone Ever Tell You”
Libby Roderick

Extinguishing the Chalice                               Maisie Crowther
All things await the sensitive and imaginative mind that seeks the unknown, that finds adventure and joy in tiny miracles. When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world and her people reveal their perfect imperfections to teach us of our astounding strength and wholehearted beauty. Only then can the deepest light of life shine into us and radiate from us in a million ways

Communal Round: “Now I Walk in Beauty” Blessing from the Navajo tradition (see insert)
   Led by our All Souls Church Choir

Closing Circle: “Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again.”(2x)

Community Conversation

ASC Covenant
We build our church on a foundation of love, and covenant with one another:
to freely explore our values and honor our diversity as a source of communal strength,
to accept responsibility for our individual acts and promote justice and peace,
to celebrate the joys of discovery, embracing the fullest measure of our humanity,
to communicate with kindness and support,
to serve with compassion and commitment,
to openly share our laughter and tears,
and to show reverence for the divine in all that is.*
[adopted on April 17, 2001]